James back new All-Star game format

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20 February, 2018

Klay Thompson had an impressive start to the All-Star game, dropping 15 points in the first half.

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Fresh off the success of All-Star Game Weekend, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Sunday that the player draft next year will likely be televised. "It definitely worked out for everybody".

For the first time in history two players had their names as the team names during an all-star game. "We did it the right way", Curry said in the news conference.

"The new format was great", James said. One can imagine a blowout in either direction robbing the game of its newfound intensity. Team Curry also got a huge showing from first time All-Star Joel Embiid, who scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and accounted for two thunderous blocks on Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

As we waited for tip-off we were treated to a freakish pre-game skit/performance led by Kevin Hart that also featured actor Adam DeVine, Queen Latifah, Rob Riggle and Ludacris. If we don't play good basketball, we'll lose.

Team LeBron had a much different look on game night, following injuries to four of his team's players: starter DeMarcus Cousins and All-Star reserves Kevin Love, John Wall and Kristaps Porzingis.

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Anthony Davis had joked about shooting less this year after taking 39 shots from the field while scoring an All-Star record 52 points in last year's MVP-winning performance.

The 2018 game was the first of its kind where the two top vote-getters picked their own teams.

Lebron James and Kevin Durant prevented Steph Curry from attempting a three-pointer late in the 67th All-Star game at Staples Center in Los Angeles as Team Lebron defeated Team Steph 148-145.

"We had two crossers at the top to just get the defense moving", James said. James could opt in to the final year of his current deal - putting the pressure on Dan Gilbert & Co.to continue to make moves around him to stay competitive - or sign a five-year max deal worth over $205M, a difference of $50M compared with what James could get from a different team. But more importantly, the players know it. Irving finished with a team-high nine assists to go with his 13 points. "At that point you're just trying to make a play, and nothing really surfaced". James has a second home in Los Angeles to go along with a budding Hollywood production company, and has spoken highly of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball (even if James isn't a big fan of Lonzo's father).

LeBron and Westbrook, however, just would not give up.

"It is different", O'Neal told Sporting News this weekend.


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